|IF ANY BODY
WISHES TO LOOK THROUGH ST ANDREWS IN WESTBURY AT ANY TIME
RING ALAN ON 0438999441
VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO HELP OVER LONG WEEKEND AT PEARNS TO HELP WITH THE CATERING.
Contact Joscelyn Howard
Next market day 18th November 2017
--------- New stall holders are welcome.
this is an indoor and outdoor market and spaces are limited inside but we have plenty of room outside.
friendliest little market in
Breakfast usually starts cooking at 8 thereabouts.
Enquiries to Rob 0417 931 619.
20TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 2017-10-20
Can you remember off hand whose face is on the Twenty-dollar bill? I can, it is Mary Reiby, but that is to remember her, and her place in the history of this country, and not to say she owns the note.
In Jesus time Israel was occupied by the Romans, the Jews resented this, but it gave them many advantages, including good roads, freedom from fighting tribal wars, and stable currency with coins which could be used all over the Roman empire. However, these advantages had to be paid for out of the Jewish taxes, paid for in Roman currency with coins which had the emperors head engraved on them. The Jews hated this, partly because they wanted to be free from having to obey the Emperor, and partly because they thought the coins with the royal head on it were idols. This broke the Jewish laws which said, You shall worship the Lord your God and him only will you serve, and also, You shall not worship graven images. So his enemies tried to trap Jesus by asking him whether he thought it was lawful to pay taxes. If he said yes he would lose the support of Jewish patriots, and if he said no, the Roman army would be on to him like a ton of bricks. Today we name many of our possessions in order to prove we own them. So Jesus said that the Roman coins with the Emperors name on them, had only been lent to them by the Roman empire, and paying taxes was simply giving the money back to its owner. A brilliant answer to a deeply political question. Then, before they could recover from the shock, Jesus pointed out that, according to the Bible, you and I are made in Gods image, so our bodies belong to God, who has lent them to us, just as well as we use them to love and serve our neighbours, as God tells us to.
This shows how tricky it is when the Church gets involved in politics. If we put a step wrong, we make fools of ourselves, and lose the sympathy of the general public. As Christians we have a duty to the state.
Firstly, to make the church an example of a society in which people forgive each other, and sacrifice their own interests for the sake of others. It must be a tolerant society in which we respect the rights of others to disagree with us.
Secondly, to criticise politicians when their policies are harmful.
Thirdly, to co-operate with them vigorously in practical love of our neighbours. When the time to vote comes around, we should pay no attention to whether we like or dislike the party leaders, and concentrate on deciding which policies will be most beneficial to all levels of society, in our country and in every other land throughout the world.
With love and blessings,